What's all the buzz about insect protein?
Protein is the building block for muscles and a critical part of the human diet. My personal choices are poultry and fish with some post workout whey thrown in for good measure. On occasion I'll have cottage cheese or casein powder before bed. But insects? They have definitely not been on my radar, even though I have heard they are packed with nutrient dense protein. The thought of crunching on a cricket just doesn't seem too appetizing. However, the more I read, the more the concept intrigues me.
Per 100 g, insects contain almost as much protein as beef, with less fat. They have more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. They provide all nine essential amino acids, and they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids and B12. Insects pack such a nutritional punch because they are typically eaten whole. Impressed by the nutritional profile and sustainability of insects, a number of forward-thinking entrepreneurs are part of the growing entomophagy (bug-eating) movement, and they’re trying to figure out how to change ancient habits and put insects back on the menu (Hilary Achauer, CrossFit Journal). One product now on the market and primarily available online is the Exo Bar available in 5 flavors. They are gluten, soy, dairy, grain free. I may just have to give these a try. Who's with me?